How ISVs Can Simplify and Enhance Enterprise Cloud Customization

November 01, 2023

Independent software vendors (ISVs) have their hands full these days. Just staying on top of the features and functions needed to win and retain market share is a full-time job. But simply continuing to put out a competitive and compelling product isn’t the only difficulty facing most ISVs. Many are also confronting challenges ranging from increased competition to rapid technology advancements, changing customer preferences and more. As a result, ISVs must navigate a series of software “white water rapids” to be successful.

The rapid shift to an increasing demand for cloud solutions is one example of the challenges facing ISVs. To stay competitive, they must not only migrate their solutions to the cloud but also select which cloud platforms and databases to support, each requiring significant investments in time, resources and expertise. 

This blog highlights the problems ISVs face when supporting multiple cloud platforms and how traditional approaches to supporting various database solutions on numerous clouds are expensive and time-consuming. Instead, it offers a database alternative for ISVs that’s more open, accessible, enterprise-ready, and which eliminates cloud deployment restrictions for ISVs.

Multi-cloud requirements add complexity

These days, most ISVs find that customer demands are requiring them to take a more open cloud approach and support multiple cloud platforms, so they have greater flexibility and agility. Customers need solutions that don’t lock them into specific proprietary database solutions. 

The problem for ISVs is that trying to support multiple databases across different cloud platforms requires them to rewrite their applications and APIs for each one, significantly increasing both the initial work, as well as ongoing maintenance and support. In addition to all that extra work to port the functionality across platforms, an ISV must invest extra development time integrating with the various cloud platforms for their own dev and testing processes. 

An enterprise-ready alternative: Fully managed Postgres in the cloud

Instead, ISVs can use a more straightforward approach: an open, cloud-based, fully managed Postgres solution. 

The EDB BigAnimal Postgres-as-a-Service provides a compelling option for ISVs caught in the never-ending need to support multiple databases across different cloud platforms. It’s the only fully managed service with Oracle compatibility that runs in every cloud, making it easy for ISVs to build their applications once and deploy them everywhere. 

Instead of having deployment limitations based on specific cloud platforms or databases, with BigAnimal, ISVs can have deployment flexibility. For ISVs looking to serve the broadest possible market, BigAnimal provides an ideal solution.

BigAnimal is also well-suited for larger customers who may have business units on different cloud platforms due to business requirements, mergers or acquisitions, or a cloud diversity strategy. With BigAnimal, they can all use the same software and have consistent security compliance, disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities.

Fully managed Postgres benefits for ISVs

BigAnimal runs in every cloud and delivers the following ISV benefits:

  • High availability and resilience for customer workloads. EDB Postgres Distributed technology on BigAnimal allows developers to build highly resilient Postgres applications on any cloud, providing the power to build apps with active-active use cases and the flexibility to choose the best data environment. The solution provides best-in-class availability that ensures your disaster recovery solution is always operational, with data ready and available.
  • Simplified customer onboarding while streamlining your operational model. BigAnimal enables ISVs to operate Postgres in their customers’ preferred cloud environments. 
  • Reduced integration and delivery costs. BigAnimal reduces multi-cloud costs and eliminates integration needs by providing the same Postgres experience on every cloud.
  • Rock-solid open-source enterprise database expertise. ISVs can depend on Postgres with the security, performance and availability features their customers need, knowing they have the Postgres experts at EDB behind them.
  • Simplified Oracle migrations for customers. Move your database to the cloud faster with the only Oracle-compatible Postgres-as-a-Service, and reduce application rewrites by up to 80%
  • Get started fast. ISVs can quickly show their customers the value of their solution without the need to establish CSP environments or identify their cloud SMEs.
  • Efficiently service customers. BigAnimal simplifies ISVs’ operational models, since they can efficiently service their customers in the cloud.
  • Open source yet fully managed. By using BigAnimal, ISVs can deliver an open-source solution with a fully managed component, allowing them to address everything from performance problems to seamless updates, ensuring customer satisfaction but simplifying the delivery.

BigAnimal simplifies development while satisfying customers

For ISVs, using BigAnimal eliminates restrictions on what cloud platforms their customers can deploy to. It also removes the development and support required for customizing their solutions for different databases on different platforms.

By moving to a fully managed Postgres solution, ISVs can ensure enterprise high-availability capabilities, simplify onboarding while streaming operations, reduce integration and delivery costs, get customers started fast, have always-available rock-solid, open-source database expertise on hand, and efficiently service customers via the cloud.

The BigAnimal free trial includes a full-featured, Oracle-compatible, distributed Postgres experience that allows ISVs to see what running their database on a cloud service is like. Get started in minutes on BigAnimal with $300 in cloud credits.

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